“Canoe-Vue “ is a sculpture made of 2 recycled canoes that are cut in half and re-purposed as sculptural elements installed next to the Huron River and trails in Ann Arbor.
The title uses the French word Vue which means: view, vista or scene and I chose to use it because of the French alliance with the Huron Indians of which the river is named.
I wanted to create large colorful vertical elements that are minimal sculptures that are also functional in the fact that they will have a built in seat that allows people to sit, relax and for a moment ponder the site, the trees , plants and wild life and various sounds of the localized environment. The bright colors and recognizable shapes are meant to attract people to them, allowing them to engage ,participate and interact with. I call the sculptures “ visual and sound resonators” because they will allow the viewer inside of the shape to focus on the just the elements in front of the piece and also be a sound collector that will resonate inside of the curved shape.